John and I have grown quite fond of homemade margaritas over the years. It’s no surprise considering we make Mexican food for dinner more often than we do laundry – and that’s saying a lot since we’re kind of clean freaks – and margaritas always seem to be our accompanying beverage of choice. Though we’ve mostly stuck to more traditional flavors, I couldn’t shake the idea of making a watermelon margarita this summer, so off to the porch we went to experiment one recent evening.
As it always happens, the one time you’re doing something somewhat “risque” like making cocktails on your front porch, someone notices. The neighbor’s grandkids just happened to be in town for a visit and decided to go off-season “trick or treating” for healthy snacks, and ended up on our porch…with the liquor. Us, large bottles of tequila and triple sec, and two innocent kids. Quick, hide the evidence!
John quickly hid the bottles before they could ask, “Hey Mr., what’s that?!” as I distracted them by asking the name of their dog. For the record, I don’t remember the name of the dog, but I did successfully divert their attention from the margarita magician shuffling bottles behind his curtain. Potentially awkward disaster averted. Phew.
I happily got the kids a banana almond meal muffin so they wouldn’t go away empty handed, and once they left we got back to business.
I’d already made watermelon juice and ice cubes earlier that day and all that was left for John to do was use his magic touch to combine the remaining ingredients: Tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Do yo’ thing, boy.
This recipe is super easy to throw together and simply perfect for summer gatherings.
We enjoyed generous sips of ours on the porch after dinner. The weather’s been so gorgeous here in Kansas that we can’t seem to get enough of evenings and afternoons spent outside. Good thing there’s things like fresh watermelon lime margaritas in the world to come to the rescue and cool us down.
Besides requiring little ingredients and time, these margaritas are extremely customizable.
If you don’t have watermelon juice, just throw your watermelon cubes in the blender with lime juice and make a frozen blended margarita.
If you don’t have watermelon cubes, sub regular ice cubes – there will still be plenty of flavor from the watermelon juice. You can also omit the alcohol altogether to make these virgin and I bet they’d still be delicious. Cheers to the perfect drink for summer!
Watermelon Lime Margaritas
- 12 ounces fresh watermelon juice (instructions on how to make below // 12 ounces yields ~1 1/2 cups)
- 3-4 ounces tequila (depending on preferred strength)
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 1 medium lime, juiced
- ~15-18 watermelon ice cubes (optional but recommended)
- Margarita salt (optional // for lining rim)
To make watermelon juice, scoop half a small watermelon into a blender and puree until well blended. Then strain through a fine mesh strainer and place juice in a jar. Refrigerate until ready for use.
To make watermelon ice cubes, cube the other half of the watermelon into ice cube-sized pieces and place on a baking sheet. Make sure they're not touching of they'll stick together. Freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight or until very firm.
To make margaritas, add watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec to a cocktail shaker or pitcher and shake vigorously or stir.
Next, run the quarter of a lime around two serving glasses and then dip in margarita salt. Fill 3/4 of the way full with watermelon ice cubes (or regular ice cubes if preferred).
Divide the margarita between glasses (2 as original recipe is written) and serve immediately. Garnish with an additional lime wedge.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 2 margaritas)
- Calories: 232
- Sodium: 1100mg
- Carbohydrates: 20g
- Sugar: 28g
- Protein: 1g
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